Posted: 30/10/2013 at 22:50
Welshonion, it is unfortunate that hedges have to be cut back but it tends only to be on the road side and sometimes the top so there will still be berries on the field side. They do have to be cut at some stage and they can't be cut during the Spring & Summer months because of nesting birds.
Our council does leave the verges uncut as much as possible, but again there is a balance to be made between wildlife and being able to see when coming out of side roads! There is one junction, not far from us, where the height of the wild flowers etc makes exiting a little perilous to say the least.